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Genki vs JFBP

Postby erikN » Mon 08.07.2006 9:02 am

Hi, just as the topics says.

Japanese for Busy People vs Genki


Does anyone here have experience with both and can tell the pros and cons with each one? It would be great to know what series of books to go with since they are quite expensive including the cd's and workbooks.
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby clay » Mon 08.07.2006 9:27 am

I know there are a lot of posts about Genki and JFBP respectively, but there may not be a good discussion of comparing their pros and cons.

I personally think either would be good IF the student actually uses the textbook.

One thing that was brought up in another thread was the lack of kanji in JFBP I textbook. I like how Genki brings in kanji earlier. (An even more aggressive kanji approach is the Japanese for Everyone textbook)
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby karelhof » Mon 08.07.2006 10:35 am

but the only kanji in JFBP 1 is a list of numers and some other kanji, the rest is kana.
are kanji integrated better in volume 2 (like in conversations and vocabulary lists and such), if they are, I'll continue using JFBP, if they're not, I'll buy genki
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby Infidel » Mon 08.07.2006 5:25 pm

there's more in each volume, but it's split over all 3 volumes. It's not integrated at all in volume 1, just the appendix, but they start to integrate it in volume 2.

Personally I now feel that Contemporary Japanese or Elementary Japanese are both better than JfBP. But if you stick with JfBP, it's still better than experimenting. Genki is best of all for the greatest number of exercises etc..

If saving money is important get Elementary Japanese over JfBP.
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby keatonatron » Tue 08.08.2006 12:44 am

I think Genki is a lot better for serious students. JFBP is exactly what it says: a book for people who don't have real time to invest in the language and just want to be able to speak a little.

I started with JFBP just because we already had it at our house. I read the first 7 chapters or so then took my learning online. Later in college we used Genki and I think it's a much better book.
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby KNH » Tue 08.08.2006 1:31 pm

I don't know about JFBP, but I use Genki I and II to help me along with my studies, and it's truly great. I love its approach to grammar and kanji. The only problem I have with Genki is its lack of examples. Other than that, it's an excellent book to use.
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby appleraja » Wed 08.09.2006 10:15 pm

wuts better genki series or elementary japanese?
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby kanadajin » Wed 08.09.2006 10:23 pm

well I would think Elementary Japanese is better for Beginners.. Also Maybe you shouldn't ask questions not related to the topic in someone else's thread..
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RE: Genki vs JFBP

Postby Infidel » Thu 08.10.2006 5:04 am

his question was on topic.
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